June 11, 2010

Insufficient Sleep to Blame

1 Teen Car Crashes Higher When School Day Is Earlier

The earlier the school day begins, the higher the rate of teenage car crashes, according to a research abstract presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. Research indicates that in 2008 the number of accidents involving teenagers was 41 percent higher in Virginia Beach where school begins at 7:20 am than in nearby Chesapeake, VA where classes start at 8:40 am. Sleep restriction is to blame, according to lead author Robert Vorona, MD, whose study data was provided by the VA Department of Motor Vehicles. Vorona recommends delaying high school classes to promote driver alertness. "We believe that high schools should take a close look at having later start times to align with circadian rhythms in teens and to allow for longer sleep times," he said.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Deprived Teens and Tweens Risk Obesity

Tags: Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Teenagers, Teens, Car Crashes, Accidents, Robert Vorona, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Department of Motor Vehicles, Circadian Rhythms

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Get Em off the Dole

2 Dutch Gov’t Offers Unemployed Women Free Makeovers

In a move that would make self-respecting feminists cringe, the Dutch government is offering unemployed women free makeovers and memberships in a dating service to find husbands in order to get them off the dole. The program, masterminded by three councils in the north of Holland, has been met with criticism by some politicians who consider it a waste of taxpayers’ money. Radboud Visser, of Mens & Relatie dating service said, “We know from national statistics that people in a relationship have better health, more happiness, make more money and live longer lives. They make less use of medical systems and social security. So in Friesland they thought, we can try to get people out of social security by bringing them to a nice new husband.” The program is under review due to criticism.

More at Stylist.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Happiness, Health, Netherlands, Holland, Dutch Government, Unemployment, Husbands, Wives, Feminists, Dole, Dating Service, Makeover, Radboud Visser, Mens & Relatie, Live Longer, Social Security, Relationships, Marriage

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Scotland Revealed

3 Scottish Live Dangerously with Their Health

Scottish people are living on the edge, say researchers writing in BMC Public Health. According to the new research, 97.5 percent of the entire adult population of Scotland are either heavy drinkers, cigarette smokers, physically inactive, overweight or have a poor diet. For the research, David Conway from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, worked with fellow researchers to analyze data from participants of the Scottish Health Survey 2003. Conway says that "around two-thirds of the Scottish population is overweight or obese, a similar proportion are not sufficiently physically active, and most people have a poor diet." Researchers say that since the behaviors were self-reported, the situation may be even worse than the study figures suggest.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Scottish Weight Problem, Scottish Health Issues, Scottish Drinking, Scottish Diets, Heavy Drinkers, Cigarette Smokers, Physically Inactive, Overweight Scotland, BMC Public Health, David Conway, Glasgow, Scottish Health Survey 2003

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Hormones Could Trigger OCD

4 Pregnancy May Bring on OCD

Hormonal changes during pregnancy could trigger symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or make pre-existing OCD worse during pregnancy, say researchers from Yale University School of Medicine. Researchers found that 32 percent of the women with OCD studied had their first symptoms during pregnancy or shortly after. MSNBC reports that when women with pre-existing OCD became pregnant, they experienced worsened symptoms one-third of the time. However, in a small number of pregnancies, symptoms of OCD improved. Researchers also found that among women with pre-pregnancy OCD, those whose symptoms usually got worse during the premenstrual period were at increased risk of worsening OCD during pregnancy.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brain Surgery for OCD

Tags: Yale University School of Medicine, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Pregnancy, OCD During Pregnancy, Pregnancy Makes OCD Worse, Pregnancy Causes OCD, Preexisting OCD, Prepregnancy OCD, OCD Premenstrual Period

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Jersey Woman's 1,000 Pound Goal

5 Simpson Hopeful for World's Fattest Living Woman

Donna Simpson of New Jersey is eating her way to become the world's fattest living woman, reports MSNBC. The mother of two kids, ages 3 and 14, admits that she's hungry for attention. Simpson, 42 years old, currently weighs 600 pounds, but she hopes to weigh 1,000 pounds. Simpson's pay fetish "feederism" website, supersizedbombshells.com, features video clips of the woman eating. MSNBC reports that a Guinness World Records spokeswoman says that Simpson is under review for the title of world's heaviest woman to give birth. Simpson, who wears size XXXXXL clothing, has received a book offer and hopes to get her own reality television show. She also plans to get married in Hawaii this year, and says she's a member of the "fat acceptance community."

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman Aims for Obesity Record

Tags: Donna Simpson of New Jersey, World's Fattest Living Woman, Guinness World Records Spokeswoman, World's Heaviest Woman to Give Birth, Size XXXXXL Clothing, Fat Acceptance Community, Being Fat on Purpose, 1000 Pound Weight Goal, Thousand Pound Weight Goal, Famous for being Fat, Fat Fetish, Feederism, Treasure Bombshell, Donna Simpson

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Tips from the Pregnant

6 Telling the Difference Between Fat and Pregnant

"Distinguishing fat from pregnant is easy. The problem is distinguishing simply fat from both fat and pregnant."
- Thom in the comments

BBC offers some tips from pregnant women on how to tell the difference between an overweight woman and a pregnant woman. The whole point is to avoid offending. For instance, the BBC article notes that one reason many people don't give up their seats on public transportation for a pregnant lady is because they don't want to make the embarrassing mistake of calling a plump person pregnant. One of the tips offered is to check the feet. Pregnant women will usually opt for comfortable footwear without heels, and they may have swollen ankles. Another tip is to "listen for huffing." Pregnant ladies may feel extra pressure on their organs, making them seem out of breath. Also, BBC says to watch for "waddle" walking which usually occurs around 35 weeks.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Difference Between Fat and Pregnant, Offending Fat Women, When to Give Up Seat on Train, Waddle, Swollen Ankles, Clues of Pregnancy

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From DC to Baltimore

7 20 Fittest Cities in America

The American Fitness Index just ranked the 20 Fittest Cities in America. On top of their list is the Washington, DC area, including Arlington and Alexandria. The number two spot went to Boston, Mass., including Cambridge and Quincy. Coming in third is Minneapolis, Minn., including St. Paul and Bloomington. The number four spot went to Seattle, Wash., including Tacoma and Bellevue. The number 20 spot, Baltimore, Md., is geographically close to the big winner, DC. Criteria used to rank the cities include preventive health, community resources, and chronic disease conditions, as well as policies supporting physical activity. To rank the cities, the American Fitness Index used past studies and publicly available sources from federal reports.

More at American Fitness Index | Hat tip to Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fittest Cities in US, Fittest Cities in America, Top Fit Cities, American Fitness Index, American Fitness Index Rankings of Cities, Minneapolis Fit City, DC Fittest City, Baltimore One of Most Fit Cities, Cambridge and Quincy, Seattle Fit City, Boston Physically Fit City, 20 Fittest Cities in America

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